Monthly Archives: July 2017

Auditions Announced for VANITIES at Fairfield Footlighters

fflA bittersweet comedy that is an astute, snapshot chronicle of the lives of three Texas girls.

Auditions: August 7 & 8 at 6:30 PM

Fairfield Community Arts Center
411 Wessel Dr, Fairfield, Ohio 45014

Auditions will consist of cold-readings from the script. Please be prepared to list all rehearsal conflicts.

VANITIES is directed by Pat Ganz

Cast: 3 women, able to play stage ages from 18 to 30.

Rehearsals: Mon-Thru, 6:30 PM to 9 PM
Performances: September 22-24, September 29-30 and October 1, 2017


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THE FULLY MONTY Runs Aug. 12-27

TC_Full Monty promo1THE FULLY MONTY
The Carnegie
Aug. 12-27

Directed by Matthew Wilson
Music directed by Xan Jeffery
Choreographed by Jay Goodlett

Cast: Zachary Huffman as Jerry, Sean Mette as Dave, R. Deandre Smith as Horse, Brian Anderson as Harold, Robert Breslin as Ethan, Kelcey Steele as Malcolm, Sherry McCamley as Jeanette, Lormarev Jones as Georgie, Aubrey Wilson as Vickie, Peanut Edmonson as Nathan, Sara Kenny as Pam, Jesse Lawrence as Keno/Ensemble, Spenser Smith as Teddy/Ensemble, Stephen Welch as Tony/Ensemble, Don S. Wong as Minister/Ensemble, BJ Simpson as Reg/Ensemble, Courtni Nicolacci as Susan/Ensemble, Sarah Willis as Estelle/Ensemble, Kathryn Klens as Molly/Ensemble & Jules Shumate as Joanie/Ensemble

THE FULL MONTY tells the story of a band of steelworkers from Buffalo, NY who lose their jobs when the mill closes. The men cook up a hilarious scheme to reinvigorate their bank accounts and self-confidence by becoming a male striptease act, but it won’t be easy. Between learning to dance, dealing with body issues, and revealing the plan to their wives, the men must expose more than their bare-bottoms to make the plan a reality.

  • Sat, Aug. 12 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug. 13 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 18-19 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug. 20 at 3pm
  • Fri-Sat, Aug. 25-26 at 7:30pm
  • Sun, Aug. 27 at 3pm

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DADA RAFIKI: A Celebration of Sisterhood | Fri., October 27 | Aronoff Center

CCA_Dada Rakiki logoOctober 27, 2017 – Aronoff Center

 CINCINNATI, OH – Award-winning Artist/Poet Annie Ruth and the Cincinnati Arts Association are proud to present Dada Rafiki: A Celebration of Sisterhood, an empowering, inspirational cultural gathering celebrating remarkable women in the community by honoring their spirit and the legacy of their service and accomplishments. This inspirational multicultural celebration comes to the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Friday, October 27 at 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, with a pre-show performance in the Otto M. Budig Lobby featuring artists from the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Artists on Tour arts education program. 

Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door and are on sale now at, (513) 621-2787 [ARTS], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Group rates are available at (513) 977-4157.

Dada Rafiki is a Greater Cincinnati treasure for its unique approach, style, and purpose. It is the only event of its kind that is Afrocentric, yet welcoming to a multicultural audience. Dada Rafiki showcases multiple artistic forms, such as spoken word, music, song from several genres, various types of dance, and visual art — all in one setting.

Dada Rafiki (pronounced Dah-Dah RAH fee-KEE), which means “sister friend” in the Kiswahili language of East Africa, promotes a shared sense of sisterhood, inclusiveness, and unity in an exuberant, safe arts environment. Dada Rafiki is fun, engaging, and celebratory, while emphasizing heritage, history, and originality. It incorporates mainstream as well as lesser known, but up-and-coming, performances in the vocal and gospel arts, the visual arts, dance, and inspirational spoken word to uplift and praise the awe-inspiring “everyday” women in our community and simultaneously to enlighten the audience. This year, thirty multicultural women that serve the community will be celebrated. Dada Rafiki does not exclude men; in fact, men are welcome to attend.  In today’s world, many awesome men are proud to support and acclaim the women in their lives.

Hosted by WLWT-TV5 News Anchor Courtis Fuller, the celebration features a variety of artists, including world-touring singer-songwriter Dee Dee Foster, nationally-acclaimed dancer/choreographer Stafford Berry (Taft Museum of Art 2017 Duncanson Artist in Residence), a regional and community-wide mass choir under the direction of Dr. Catherine Roma, Emmy Award-winning spoken soul artist JaHipster, Gospel artist Janice Napier, and a host of distinguished performing artists, with special pre-show appearances by select performers and musicians from the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Artists on Tour arts education program. Annie Ruth will close out the evening with a special performance of her signature poem. As a special community outreach effort for this year, there will be a free distribution of Dada Rafiki story cards that patrons can collect during the preshow and afterwards to learn more about the remarkable stories of the women being celebrated.

2017 Dada Rafiki Honorees:

Teresa “Teri” Anderson Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist &
Founder, ZBD Productions, LLC
Verneida Britton National Underground Railroad
Freedom Center
Denise Bryers President/CEO, Bootcamp Cincinnati
Stephanie Wright Byrd Cincy Preschool Promise
Darimelle D. Davis Founder/President, Helping Hands for
the Nations, Inc.
Dr. Vanessa Jones Enoch Cultural Impact LLC, President
Susan Upton Farley Mayor, Village of Woodlawn
Laura Ford-Harris Women & Girls Advocate
Heather Hallenberg Retired, ArtsWave, Director of
Grantmaking and Strategic Initiatives
Barbara Anderson Harris District Administrator, Greater
Cincinnati District, Ohio North First
Ewanki  Moore-Hawkins Director, University of Cincinnati,
African American Cultural & Resource
Holly Jenkins Founder, Restart Your Life Now, Inc
Tracy Johnson Administrator, Providence Pavilion
Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
Delores Lindsay Founder/President and CEO, The
Healthcare Connection
Tonya Marie Matthews, PhD President/CEO, Michigan Science
Gwen McFarlin Springfield Township Trustee
Eula Melson Educator & Community Volunteer
Ricci Michaels Community Artist & Founder,
Urban Expression 101 Project
Mona Harrison Morrow-Johnson Community Affairs Director, WCPO
Channel 9
Jeaunita Olowe Managing Director, Bi-Okoto Cultural
Bishop Todd O’Neal Pastor, House of Joy Educator,
Cincinnati Public Schools
Julia O’Neal Arts Advocate & Community Volunteer,
New American Arts Gallery II
Francie Pepper Community Leader
Delores Rowland Founder, Brighter Day Bookstore
Alisha Stevenson Cincinnati Police Department
Sallie E. Westheimer 4C’s for Children
Homa Yavar Civic Leader (National Underground
Railroad Freedom Center & Islamic
Center of Greater Cincinnati)
Brenda Zechmeister Community Arts Advocate

Annie Ruth has received critical acclaim for her work in the community – fusing her artistic talents with arts education and collaborating with major cultural institutions to bring art directly to communities throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about the history of Dada Rafiki and how to help empower young women in the community,

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House Assistant/Parking Attendants Positions Available at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

PIP_logoPOSITION: House Assistant/Parking Attendants

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is an equal opportunity employer and encourages inquiries about this position from a broad spectrum of candidates reflecting the diversity of the community we serve.

Position Overview:  House Assistants/Parking Attendants must be self-motivated individuals who are capable of working in a fast-paced, exciting entertainment environment and communicate effectively with patrons, volunteers, and in-house staff while positively representing the face of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Reports to:  House Staff Supervisors

Position Responsibilities:  Pre-show set up, assisting with volunteer usher assignments, trouble-shooting seating issues, tabulating house counts, completing appropriate forms, working as parking assistant as needed, and additional duties as deemed necessary for individual productions.

This is a seasonal, part-time position in which Candidates will be required to work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends.

Skills needed:  An ideal candidate has excellent people skills with strong organizational skills, solid interpersonal/communication skills, is a team player, and able to handle the stress of customer service well.

Physical Requirements:  Able to handle light physical labor (lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 25 lbs.).  Candidate will be required to stand and walk, and occasionally stoop, kneel, or crouch.  Must be able to negotiate stairs (up and down) without assistance.

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Suann Pollock, General Manager at or to same c/o Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH  45202

Deadline for applications:  August 18, 2017

Suann Pollock
General Manager

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First Opportunity for the Public to Visit The Otto M. Budig Theater is August 13 at the Family Festival!

CSC_Cincy Shakes front promoThe Family Festival will take place 3-7 pm at the new theater and is presented by ArtsWave

CINCINNATI (July 28, 2017) – Cincinnati will have its first opportunity to come inside The Otto M. Budig Theater on Sunday August 13, 2017 at the Family Festival!  This event is presented by ArtsWave and is open from 3-7pm at the theater followed by a FREE Shakespeare in the Park performance of “Romeo and Juliet” in Washington Park at 7pm.

CSC will be offering guided tours of the theater and back stage spaces, as well as activities for children of all ages, and presentations from various arts groups and collaborators. Visitors will also get a special sneak peek at the rehearsal and creative process for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which is opening on September 8.  There will be Midsummer Fairy themed crafts and face painting, storytelling and music, and Stage Combat Workshops for the whole family!

Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Family Festival and “Romeo and Juliet” is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required.  There will be lite refreshments and treats available.


About Cincinnati Shakespeare Company:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is a professional theatre company dedicated to bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for audiences of all ages.  Currently located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, CSC produces a dozen mainstage productions each season.

In September 2017, CSC will open a new theatre- The Otto M. Budig Theater- at 12th and Elm Streets, in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. The new facility incorporates space for modern theatrical technology, increased seating capacity and lobby, expanded education and community outreach opportunities, as well as on-site production areas and administrative offices. The theatre is the “finale” of the “Classical Arts Corridor” connecting Music Hall, Memorial Hall, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, and Washington Park.

CSC’s repertoire is made up of the works of William Shakespeare, literary adaptations, and contemporary classics. CSC performs on a Small Professional Theatre contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Cincinnati Shakespeare is a member of the Theatre Communications Group and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Education and Outreach Programs reached over 50,000 young people and underserved community members each season by taking Shakespeare into schools, parks, community centers and by hosting educational matinees of mainstage productions.  In 2014, CSC was proud to become one of the first five theaters in the United States to “Complete the Canon” by producing all 38 plays by William Shakespeare. CSC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is proud to be Cincinnati’s stage for the classics! 

About The 2017-2018 Season:
This season is generously sponsored by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation.  Season Funder is ArtsWave. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company receives operating support from The Ohio Arts Council.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program/organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Production dates and information on the season are available online at

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